LINCOLN — University of Nebraska officials announced Monday that three men with extensive rural backgrounds will interview to be the founding executive director of the Rural Futures Institute.
The institute is a university-wide research, education, policy and engagement effort focused on boosting rural areas in Nebraska and beyond. All four NU campuses are collaborating to launch the institute.
Along with their interviews, each candidate will give a public presentation of his vision for the fledgling institute.
The three are:
— Charles Schroeder, president and executive director of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. He was formerly chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and executive vice president and director of development for the University of Nebraska Foundation. He will interview Aug. 7-9 and his public presentation will be at 3 p.m. Aug. 7.
— David Ivan, interim director of the Greening Michigan Institute, a division of Michigan State University Extension in East Lansing, Mich. He has served in various positions in MSU Extension and is a founding member of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. He will interview Sept. 3-5 and his public presentation will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 3.
— Marty Matlock, executive director of the Office for Sustainability, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, and professor of ecological engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. A board-certified environmental engineer, he founded BlueInGreen, which provides efficient, affordable solutions for water quality. He will interview Sept. 17-19 and his public presentation will be at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17.
The public presentations will be at the Ockinga Seminar Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and can seen live online at ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/interviews. Information about each candidate also is available at that site.